Mara’s Greatest Gift


Mara Johnson prepares for Christmas. Mara asks her mother to give her another Teddy Bear stuffed toy.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Mara’s parents, have a visitor that afternoon. He’s Mr. Smith from the old orphanage near their house.

Mara’s family welcomes one kid to be with them for Christmas.

The 5- year-old boy named Peter is going to spend the holidays with them this year. Peter doesn’t know where his parents are. A woman found him inside a basket five years ago.


Mara loves to play with Peter. She knows that Peter likes her stuffed toy but she doesn’t want to give it to him. Mara and Peter have a quarrel. She pulls the stuffed toy away from Peter’s hands.

Sadly, the toy is torn apart. Mara gets angry with Peter. Mrs. Johnson tells Mara to forgive Peter. Mara doesn’t want to.

On December 25th, Mara finally comes to Peter and hugs him. She says to Peter that the best gift she has is her friendship with him.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Mara preparing for?
  2. What is Mara’s favorite toy?
  3. What is Peter doing in Mara’s house?
  4. Who tore the stuffed toy?
  5. What was Mara’s greatest gift?

 Discussion Points

  1. What was your most memorable Christmas? Why?
  2. How do people celebrate Christmas in your country?
  3. Where do you want to spend Christmas holidays?


Matching Type

____1. stuffed toy a. tear; to break or destroy
____2. orphanage b. toy with soft filling (usually filled with cotton)
____3. quarrel c. to accept someone’s sorry
____4. torn d. a place for taking care of children without families
____5. forgive e. fight

 Completing Sentences

Mara likes ______________. Peter stays at an __________. Mara and Peter ___________. The stuffed toy was _______ apart. Mara _____________ Peter.